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LIBYA: Defiant Kadafi says 'I am in Tripoli'

February 21, 2011 |  4:51 pm


Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi appeared on state television moments ago and signaled his defiance over a mounting revolt against his 41-year rule.

"I am in Tripoli and not in Venezuela," Kadafi said, according to Al Arabiya television.

During the 40-second appearance, Kadafi also condemned media reports.

"Do not believe the channels belonging to stray dogs," Kadafi told state TV, which said he was speaking outside his house, according to Reuters.

Kadafi, in his first televised appearance since protests to topple him started last week, appeared holding an umbrella in the rain and leaning out of a van.

"I wanted to say something to the youths at the Green Square [in Tripoli] and stay up late with them but it started raining. Thank God, it's a good thing," Kadafi said, according to Reuters.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: Moammar Kadafi, seen here in November 2004, came to power in a coup and has ruled Libya since 1969. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images